News Minute: Here is the latest Georgia news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EDT
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Chatham County employees who work in downtown Savannah are getting free parking. The Chatham County Commission on Friday approved a program, effective Jan. 1, that will provide free parking at two parking garages _ one owned by the county and one owned by the city. The Savannah Morning News reports the program will be offered to employees below the level of department head and exclude appointed and elected officials.
MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a man drove toward officers and got away following a chase in suburban Atlanta. Authorities say a Henry County police officer attempted to pull over a car on Interstate 75 about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, but the driver fled. Two officers pursued the vehicle to a cul-de-sac in McDonough. But as the officers approached, investigators say the driver drove toward them, prompting the officers to fire their weapons. The vehicle was later found, but the driver had fled.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's high school graduation has increased and now stands at 81.6 percent. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the new rate is a one percentage point increase from the class of 2017. The data was released recently by the Georgia Department of Education.
LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) - A man has been hit and killed by a train in Georgia's Troup County. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the incident happened Friday, about 7:30 p.m. According to the county sheriff's office, deputies responded to a 911 call from train personnel and found a bandanna and cell phone near the tracks. They recovered the man's body shortly before 8 p.m.
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